QUEUE’S have returned outside of Wimbledon ahead of the beginning of the 2022 tournament.
The world renowned tennis tournament kicks off on Monday and eager tennis fans have returned in their droves hoping to see some of the action with a number setting up tents outside the grounds.
Tennis enthusiasts are returning in large numbers for this years tournament
Fans in their tents queue ready for Wimbledon 2022
Organisers prepare for the large queues they expect to occur at Wimbledon
Wimbledon, like most sporting venues, was impacted heavily by the Covid-19 pandemic meaning many people could not attend the oldest tennis tournament in the world.
The 2020 tournament was cancelled altogether, and while last year’s tournament saw the return of fans restrictions were still in place.
But now, with Covid becoming more of an afterthought, fans are returning – Barcelona star Gerard Pique was spotted carrying a Chelsea bag around Wimbledon.
US Open champion and British No.1 Emma Raducanu will compete on Centre Court during tomorrow’s opener against Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck.
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There were fears the 19-year-old would not be able to compete after withdrawing from the Nottingham Open earlier this month due to a side strain issue.
However, she has insisted she is ready to go and is looking forward to stepping out on the court on Monday.
In the men’s bracket, Andy Murray has been drawn against Australian James Duckworth, and will also play on Centre Court.
Top seed Novak Djokovic has been drawn against Soon Woo Kwon, while second seed Rafael Nadal has been drawn on the opposite side of the tree against Francisco Cerundolo.
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Nadal, 36, is looking to claim all four Grand Slam titles this year after winning the Australian and French Opens.
Only five players in the history of tennis have achieved this feat, with the last to do so from the men’s side coming courtesy of Rod Laver in 1969.